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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 - Saturday September 24: SK2 Jazz Orchestra

(Review by Russell)
Things tend to run to time at Scarborough. At quarter past two, to time, MC Alan Barnes introduced the powerhouse SK2 Jazz Orchestra. Drummer Dave Tyas, Yorkshire born and bred, takes his band on the road whenever he can and an invitation to perform at the Spa was readily accepted. An all-Kenton programme (the clue is in the band name ‘SK2’)   enthralled an audience which, near as damn it, filled the hall. Some of those present were, no doubt, at one or more of Kenton’s British concert dates back in ’56.
Dave Tyas knows his Kenton. This festival set dipped into the extensive library available to interpreters of the music. Kenton’s staff arrangers – including Gerry Mulligan and Bill Holman – were duly noted by Tyas. A chronological presentation played little, or no part, in the bandleader’s thinking; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (Gair Carson on alto), trumpeter Tom Sharp hitting the heights on Decoupage (comp/arr Hank Levy), and Yesterdays (from the Contemporary Concepts album, arr Bill Holman) a tenor saxophone feature for the impressive Rick Halliwell.

The SK2 revisited West Side StoryI Feel Pretty and Maria – with the spotlight on Ellie Smith (trombone). The Cuban Fire! suite heard telling contributions from Rod Mason (on this gig playing baritone), and Mike Burns (trumpet). Veteran altoist Munch Manship got the nod on several occasions to show what he could do and, to conclude the set, drummer Dave Tyas, soaked in sweat from a dynamic display, thanked the orchestra, Mike Gordon and all concerned, and went out on Intermission Riff.  
Russell.     
Dave Tyas (MD, drums), trumpets: Tom Sharp, Mark Gillbanks, Steve Valentine, Mike Burns; trombones: Chris Fidler, Ellie Smith, Gareth Hodge, Josh Cirtina; reeds: Munch Manship (alto saxophone), Gair Carson (alto & baritone saxophones), Rick Halliwell (tenor saxophone), Joanne Kerrigan (tenor saxophone), Rod Mason (baritone saxophone); piano: Sean Miller; double bass: Richards Keats 

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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